December 8, 2021

HHS Bull Rider earns spot at World’s Largest Rodeo

Lance Daniel is pictured above with his step-father Jonathan McLain after his big win in Perry

Lance Daniel is pictured above with his step-father Jonathan McLain after his big win in Perry

(Perry, GA) – Heard High School junior Lance Daniel won the state title at the Georgia High School Rodeo Association state meet held the first weekend in June at Perry, Ga.

The championship did not come easy for Daniel who had to cover his last bull to capture the state buckle over second place finisher Cole Moore.

Daniel had only been back in action for a few weeks after missing two months with an injury. Daniel was stepped on by a bull in early March at a rodeo in Tifton, Ga resulting in five broken ribs and a bruised lung.

Only riders who covered a bull during the regular season were eligible for the state finals. Daniel has won several state meets but this was the 17-year-old’s first time winning the high school championship (grades 9-12).

Daniel credits sticking by his motto “Don’t let go till you hear the whistle or your head hits the ground” with his great bull riding success.

The season did not end in Perry as not only was he named champion of the state of Georgia, but he also landed a spot in the 2013 National High School Finals Rodeo at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming July 14-20.

The event which is known as “The World’s Largest Rodeo” will feature more than 1500 competitors from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia.

In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for over $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR National Champion.

To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds — to advance to Saturday evening’s round. National Champions will then be determined based on combined scores from all three rounds. The Saturday Championship performance will be televised nationally on RFD-TV.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends, contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family oriented activities, and church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.


  1. Wylene Spearman says

    Congratulations Lance 🙂

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